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The science of seeing art and color

In each of more than 40 paintings of the same scene—London’s Waterloo Bridge—Impressionist artist Claude Monet manipulates viewer perception in a way that scientists at the time did not completely understand. Today, research conducted at Rochester’s Center for Visual Science provides insight into the complexity of the visual system, illuminating Monet’s processes and the intricacies of his work.

December 13, 2018

Science & Technology

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It takes a team of neurons to grab your cup of coffee

A new Medical Center study rethinks how the brain completes the complex task of reaching and grasping for objects, with implications for the development of prosthetics.

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December 11, 2018
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Will smartphone apps predict if you are telling the truth?

Imagine if lie-detection apps became widely available on everyone’s phones or computers. Computer scientist Ehsan Hoque will use a new $1 million grant to explore the benefits and ethical risks of this type of tech.

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November 30, 2018
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Two Rochester scientists named AAAS fellows

Kara Bren of the Department of Chemistry and Robert Boyd of the Institute of Optics are being recognized for their “efforts toward advancing scientific applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”

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November 27, 2018

Society & Culture

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What is belief in a secular age?

New books from Rochester scholars John Givens and John Michael examine the lives of iconic writers to ask what religious belief might look like in an age of science and secularism.

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December 5, 2018
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December 7, 1941: The University of Rochester at war

In many ways, life on campus would continue as it did before. But the four years following Pearl Harbor would be among the most challenging, heartbreaking, and sobering in University history.

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December 4, 2018
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‘Brave, kind, and modest’: Senior speechwriter remembers George H. W. Bush

Curt Smith, senior lecturer in the Department of English and speechwriter for George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, remembers the former president as a man who “embodied the way the world has historically seen America.”

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December 1, 2018

The Arts

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Rare photography portfolio showcases Czech avant garde

Modern Czech Photography, on exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery through March 2019, includes work by several giants in the history of modernism, working at a time when modern art was illegal.

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December 12, 2018
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Digital scholars rescue lost Japanese film

A 1929 Japanese silent film inspired by a classic O. Henry short story was long thought lost until Rochester researchers collaborated to bring it back to the big screen.

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November 29, 2018
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Conversation with visiting director Christina Roussos

Christina Roussos, visiting Rochester from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, talks about directing students from diverse backgrounds in the play “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again,” which opens November 29 for a two-weekend run.

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November 26, 2018

In Photos

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In the lab where it happened: Nobel science in pictures

December 8, 2018

Today’s Rochester researchers are taking science developed at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics to develop the next generation high-power lasers and to better understand the fundamentals of high-energy-density physics. 

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Student Life

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Winter Stay: Everything you need to know

Nearly 600 students stayed on River Campus during winter break last year, and school officials expect that number to increase. Here’s what students need to know to stay active and engaged through January.

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December 7, 2018
Henry Carpender and Beatriz Gil

Meet the Students’ Association presidents at the College and Eastman

Henry Carpender ’20, left, and Beatriz Gil ’19 were elected last spring as Students’ Association presidents for the College and the Eastman School of Music.

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December 5, 2018
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Celebrating our own as Phi Beta Kappa turns 242

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society for liberal arts and sciences. On it’s birthday, we recognize the 13 students named to the Rochester chapter this year.

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December 4, 2018

Voices & Opinion

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Time to acknowledge Soviet Union’s ‘immense losses’ in World War II

Marking the December anniversary of the 1941 Soviet offensive at the Battle of Moscow, associate professor of history Matthew Lenoe writes in the Washington Post about Russian sacrifice and loss during World War II.

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December 12, 2018
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Stock market ups and downs: A long view is in order

How concerned should the investing public be about recent downturns in the stock market? While daily fluctuations make for interesting news stories, Simon Business School professor Bill Schwert advises investors to “take a long view.”

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November 13, 2018
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How might we detect possible intelligent life beyond Earth?

“There’s so much to look at, and we’ve done so little of it so far,” Rochester professor of astrophysics Adam Frank told NPR’s All Things Considered.

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September 28, 2018

University News

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Tanya Bakhmetyeva awarded prize for best Catholic biography

Tanya Bakhmetyeva, associate professor of instruction in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, has received the 2018 Harry C. Koenig Book Prize for Mother of the Church: Sophia Svechina, the Salon, and the Politics of Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Russia and France.

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December 14, 2018
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Ethical advisory committee ensures responsible investing

The Ethical Investment Advisory Committee includes three full-time faculty members and three non-faculty members: an undergraduate, a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, and a non-academic staff member.

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December 13, 2018
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Hajim School faculty members honored by ACM, IEEE

The Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) welcome four new fellows from the faculty of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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December 13, 2018